Reviews -- Be awesome, post them on retailers too!

1 year ago | Patrick Rochefort (Member)

Hey folks, for those of you who write serial reviews, if you could go the extra amazing step and repost your reviews, when applicable, to retailers that the story is sold on, you'd be extra-double-amazing. Getting organic reviews on sites like Amazon can make a MAJOR jump in the rankings and attention that the serial and story pull, and from there, income from writing encourages writers to keep on writing.

From Winter's Ashes: A Detective with nothing left to lose, against a Necromancer with a world to gain.

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  1. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Not if they're bad reviews, though. That's just mean. ;-)

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  2. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Reviews help, but they don't increase rankings. That's a common misconception that I feel the urge to clear up whenever it gets mentioned. The only thing that influences Amazon's seller rank is sales and preorders, if the book is on preorder.

    To get an initial boost of sales, you need to do promotions. And to get accepted for a promotion by some of the better services, you need a great cover as well as some reviews - the more the better. Some services have a 5 / 10 minimum review requirement.

    You might want to look into a more professional looking cover. A great cover is a requirement for getting accepted by the better promotion services, and also for sending review copies to popular bloggers. You need something that screams 'Fantasy' at a glance - please don't take this the wrong way, but your current cover wouldn't get you many clicks if the book link was sent out in a mass email by, say, Bookbub or Ereader News Today. Most promoters have 10+ books in their daily newsletter. Readers click the prettiest covers first. I was actually able to confirm this when I took part in a cross-promotion with other Urban Fantasy authors - the person running the cross was able to see the stats of how often each book was clicked, and shared the results.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  3. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    That's kind of beside the point, though. People who review on WFG can't help you make a prettier book cover. They can, however, increase your review pool, which -- as you pointed out -- is used by promo services to weed out books.

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  4. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Covers are also used to weed out books. By potential buyers, bloggers and by promo services.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  5. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    That's true, and I agree with your original comment - covers are important, and they make me crazy. But posting about book covers doesn't have a lot of use here: it's all pretty much on the author to get it right, find the right artist, etc. Getting reviews, though... that crosses over with one of the main points of WFG pretty well.

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  6. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    For those curious, here are Bookbub's tips for optimizing one's chances to get accepted for a promo. https://insights.bookbub.com/tips-on-optimizing-your-submission-for-a-bookbub-featured-deal/

    Other promoters are somewhat less picky, but the same points apply in most cases.

    I see WFG as a big knowledge pool, and a place to share experiences. I sold 500 books the first month, and make a few hundred bucks a month since then because I studied the heck out of this stuff. Hundreds upon hundreds of hours went into ebook marketing research.

    I just wanted to make it clear that more reviews isn't going to increase rank or sales, because that misconception needs to die. And I want my fellow WFG authors to sell more books. :)

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  7. Patrick Rochefort (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    > You might want to look into a more professional looking cover.

    On the one hand, to go by recent Patrick Rothfuss covers, no, I don't.

    On the other hand, I'm not Patrick Rothfuss, either. XD

    We're all doing the best we can with the resources we have available. Keith and I came to a design we're happy with that sat within our budget. Future editions, if income merits them, will definitely see improvement to the cover.

    In the meanwhile, the point of my post is to remind folks that ALL webserial authors selling on Amazon and other retailers would benefit! ;)

    From Winter's Ashes: A Detective with nothing left to lose, against a Necromancer with a world to gain.
  8. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    When we want to sell books, it doesn't matter what WE are happy with - what matters is what readers are going to click when they see it in thumbnail size among a bunch of other books. ;) I lived off food donated by friends and the Salvation Army for 2 months because paying an editor was more important, but the editing gets me blogger love and more sales, so it was totally worth it.

    But I've made my point, so I'll just agree - yes, it would be nice if WFG reviewers cross-posted on Amazon! Reviews do help. Every single one of them.

    So, you guys (and girls) who reviewed From Winter's Ashes on WFG, go post your review on Amazon. *wields cattle prod* I'm looking at you, Sten. And Fiona. And, uh, 8 other people. >)

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  9. Lee Carlon (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    In terms of gaining more reviews on Amazon, one thing I've found worked quite well was putting a note at the end of each book stating that I appreciate reviews and would like to thank anybody who left a review with a free copy of the next book. I don't know if it increased sales or not, but it's nice to see a string of reviews.

  10. Fiona Gregory (Moderator)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Done! OK, who else has books on Amazon?
    Note: My reviews usually show up on amazon.ca not amazon.com

    One I know of is Eren Reverie's Midnight Moonlight series (4 ebooks on Amazon so far).

    There's also "The Only City Left" by Andy Goldman

    Also, "The Machine God" by MeiLin Miranda, & "Leap of Space" from "Space and Time" by Sharon T. Rose

    While we're on the topic, people may not know about this https://www.amazon.com/Other-Sides-12-Webfiction-Tales/dp/1456596284/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
    It's a short story sampler by twelve different authors whose names you may recognize if you've been reading webfiction for awhile.

    You can read my reviews of all these on Amazon...

  11. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    My books are quite different from the serial version (better writing / editing), BUT Inky has a book on Amazon too, and really needs some more reviews. Link to Twisted Cogs on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Students-Dream-Twisted-Cogs-Book-ebook/dp/B00X37LF10/

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  12. Blaise Corvin (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    I don't understand how some of the stories in this group can be so good and still have so little buzz.

    Visit my site, http://www.blaise-corvin.com. I have punch and pie.
    I also have two stories: Delvers LLC and The Crimson Artifice. :)
  13. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    On Amazon? All stories, no matter how good, are buried in obscurity (meaning, no one will know they exist) there unless they get sales. The more sales, the more visibility. Which is why promotions - or a great fanbase that will buy lots of books - are so important.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  14. Team Contract (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    That's still the major advantage traditional publishing has over indie publishing. Volume. The trick is-> get famous as a traditional author. Self publish later on amazon. Profit.

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